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Countdown begins to Big Payback giving day

Staff Reports • Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 3:00 PM

NASHVILLE – About 11,270 gifts went a big way to “pay back” 770 participating Middle Tennessee nonprofits in 2016, raising more than $2.61 million as part of the Big Payback 24-hour online giving day.

 This year, with brand-new software and added features secured, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will bring back the Big Payback for its fourth year May 3 for what is hoped to be the largest day of giving yet. Nonprofits, including schools and religious institutions, are encouraged to register to participate at thebigpayback.org.

The Big Payback is a community-wide online giving day designed to give the public the opportunity to pay back local nonprofits, including several in Wilson County. Starting May 3 at midnight, patrons will have 24 hours to make donations to their choice of participating local nonprofits at thebigpayback.org. 

In the first three events, the Big Payback helped nonprofits raise more than $6.7 million for area nonprofits, with funds making possible awareness of and solutions to pressing needs in our community. 

“The Big Payback’s slogan is ‘Live Here. Give Here’ and provides an easy and fun way for our community to show our local pride and give back,” said Ellen Lehman, president of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

“Nonprofits do life-changing work every day across Middle Tennessee, and it’s important we recognize the positive impact they have in our own backyards by supporting their efforts. It’s hard to imagine where we’d be without them and their work.”

Gifts from the public will be boosted with additional funds from sponsors of the Big Payback. Nonprofits once again will have the opportunity to earn for financial incentives, donations and additional prizes. An online leaderboard will track donations in real time. 

Donors will be able to view and select from participating organizations based on location and focus area, such as animals, education, health and the arts. Donors can support multiple organizations and make gifts of any size, from $10 and up.

There is no cost for nonprofits to participate. In the past three years, donors supporting the Big Payback have ensured no participating organization walked away empty-handed.

Organizations interested in participating in the Big Payback must register by March 22. Details may be found at thebigpayback.org.

 The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit cfmt.org.

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